Aug. 14, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy has announced the signing of Ahyaro Phillips, Devonte "D.J." Nevonte and Kody Williams to a scholarship and grant-in-aid for the 2010-11 academic year.
Phillips, a 6-8 forward, spent last year at Lamar State (Texas) College. He was named Second Team All-Region XIV, playing in 29 games and averaging a double-double by scoring 11.4 points and leading the team with 11.4 rebounds. Phillips also blocked 3.6 shots per game and connected on 56.7 percent of his shots, both of which led the team. He also ranked 11th in the nation in both blocks and rebounds.
Phillips set school single-season records with 325 rebounds, 103 blocks and 20 double-doubles. On Nov. 11, 2009, against LSC-Tomball, he set the school single-game mark with 20 rebounds and 12 blocks, while also scoring 10 points to record Lamar State's first ever triple-double.
A native of New Orleans, La., Phillips spent the 2008-09 campaign at Nevada. He played in 29 games, starting three, and averaging 2.1 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Phillips graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., after relocating there following Hurricane Katrina. He averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds at Fork Union, earning First Team All-District, Second Team All-Region, and All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior. As a junior, he was a Richmond City All-Star while averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds at Douglas Freeman High School.
Nevonte, a 6-4 guard, a three-year letterwinner at Strawberry Mansion High School where he averaged 24.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game in helping his team to a 28-2 record and the Class AA state championship. He was tabbed a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com. He was named Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year while earning first team all-state by the Philadelphia Daily News, first team All-City and All-Public League honors.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native set the school's record for single-game scoring with 64 points against Saul on 23-of-30 shooting from the field and was 16-of-17 from the line. As a junior, he averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while garnering second team All-State and All-Public League accolades.
Williams, a 6-2 point guard, helped lead Niceville High School to 27-4 record and the state final four for the first time since 1966. He averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for Coach Jerome Strutchen. Williams was tabbed the All Sports Association/Daily News Basketball Player of the Year for 4A-5A schools as well as a first team all-area selection.
The Niceville, Fla., native was named the 2010 Northwest Daily News Athlete of the Year, Niceville's boys basketball Most Outstanding Player while being named a to the Daily News Freedom and Panhandle All-Star selections. His team won the 5A-1 district and regional championships.
Williams, a two-sport letterwinner, was rated the No. 11 best wide receiver in the state for Florida and helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and state runner-up.